AGUA Masters Weekly Newsletter
A Note from Coach John
Goal Setting: The Elephant in the Room
There is an Indian proverb, "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." You identify the elephant in the room and then eat one bite. Then another. This is the same way you accomplish a goal.

My "elephant" is making it to the podium at the 2021 FINA world championship in Fukuoka, Japan. Essentially, I want my body to be 20 years younger within the next 18 months. I will need to be tougher, lighter, stronger, and faster. When I look at my elephant, all I can think is, "I will never be able to eat all of that." I have to remember that the only way to do it is one bite at a time.

Whatever your goal is, whether it's making a qualifying time, hitting a personal record, or getting fit, each of those bites are more effective if they are large and chewed quickly. Density and intensity are the name of the game in training, and will allow you to achieve your goals faster. Do a lot in the water and the gym, and do it fast. Not so fast that you risk injury, but fast enough that you feel the challenge.  

If your elephant is speed, introduce strength training into your routine. Stronger legs mean faster kicking. Stronger arms, shoulders, and back improve your pull. A stronger core and glutes produce faster turns. Work in the weight room is necessary for effective swim practices. It compliments the unique physical demands of our sport.

If thinking about regular weight training feels overwhelming, don’t look at the elephant. Look at your fork. To start, add a 30-minute workout to your routine once or twice a week and increase from there. None of this is magic. Results come from the density and intensity of training, and sticking to one bite at a time. If I can help you with identifying the elephant in your room, and/or planning the bite-sized pieces, please let me know. Always feel free to email me or catch me on the deck at practice.
AGUA Masters Happy Hour: Friday, March 6
Thank you to those who came to yesterday’s meet and greet with Coach John. If you were not able to attend, please be sure to join John and the team for happy hour at Rathbones (1702 2nd Ave.) on Friday, March 6 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

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Upcoming Meets
2019-2020 Carol Chidester Memorial Swim Series Meet No. 6

Need a meet to put a few times on the board before the state championship? Join us for a weekend getaway to historic Annapolis, MD. Race Sunday, March 15 at the Arundel Olympic Swim Center, 2690 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD.

2020 New York State Masters Swimming Championship
Join us April 4-5 at the Nassau County Aquatics Center for the New York State Masters Swimming Championship! We’re excited for what’s to come, and we encourage all to participate.  

New! Team Strength Training
We are still looking for feedback from the team on introducing weekly strength training sessions. Sport-specific weightlifting improves performance and helps prevent injury. If interested, please take a moment to email Coach John.
USMS Membership Renewals
Thank you to those who renewed their USMS memberships last week!
There are still a number of swimmers on our team have yet to renew. USMS membership is required. If you have not done so, please join or renew today.
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